A collaboration with the Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association

We were proud to host the graduation of the inaugural batch of 100 students who participated in the First Step to Injection Moulding 4.0 (FSIM4.0) program. The 12-month pilot program was launched in 2017 to upskill those working in the plastics industry, and to assist plastics manufacturers to stay competitive by achieving operational excellence.

In 2017, The Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association (MPMA) collaborated with Monash University Malaysia in an initiative - the Malaysian Plastics Industry Skills Needs Study with an objective in mind - to better understand the the skills’ required, and to overcome the shortages of skilled workforce in the plastics, subsequently spurring the growth of the industry and economy.

“Universities in the modern world have to prepare students for careers and research that has real world impact in promoting development and sustainability. This is what we strive to do here, as part of the university’s broader vision for research and education with an impact,” said Professor Andrew Walker, President and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Monash University Malaysia.

Professor Walker acknowledged the importance of plastics and shared that the key to future sustainability and economic development of the industry, is to use them responsibly.

Yang Berbahagia Datuk Lim Kok Boon, President of MPMA, also emphasised on the importance of plastics and expressed his pleasure in working with the university: “Training is continuous. Having a workforce that moves in tandem with the latest technology will enable workers to have a clear path in their career trajectory. Our collaboration with Monash Malaysia has been extremely useful as the 2017 study has been used as a reference for key stakeholders, in assessing current and future skills’ requirements and recommendations for the plastic industry in Malaysia”.

“Study indicates that universities and research institutes are not seen as the preferred place for acquiring skills, training, and development. This confirms the earlier assertion that the training provided by educational institutions, is not meeting industry needs. This is why a partnership is very important. We move from competition to collaboration to co-operation to cluster,” said Professor Mahendhiran Nair, Vice President (Research and Development), Monash University Malaysia and CEO of Monash Malaysia Research and Development Sdn Bhd. “We call ourselves a University 4 Society, the way forward is for universities to work with stakeholders” he added.